Due to their incredible upfront power, pipeys are renowned for their capacity to drop even heavily geared players in a single shot.
Unfortunately, the range requirement on the pipey requires you to be practically in the face of the target to cause considerable damage. Shotgun weapon types, in general, aren’t of much use over 10 meters unless using a 12 Gauge Slug, which is a compact pellet shot instead of spread like the other ammunition types.
Pipeys are the second worst shotgun choice in the game, performing considerably better than Eoka Pistols but not quite as good as Double Barrel Shotguns, Pump Shotguns, and Spas-12 Shotguns. The latter simply have higher magazine capacity and less recoil to contend with.
Pipeys are found in several low-to-mid-tier crates, as well as from scientists of most types. They are used through the first few days of wipe but are commonly replaced as soon as possible by higher-tier weapons (except as door-camping implements). Players may research them directly or invest Scrap into a tier 1 workbench for acquisition via the tech tree.
The waterpipe shotgun accepts the following bullet types:
Pipeys are not a good option for Auto Turret defense systems.